Psalm 105 is popularly thought among Bible scholars to refer to the salvific acts of God towards the patriarchs of Israel, beginning with God’s Covenant with Abraham to some 640 years later with the exodus from Egypt. Psalm 106 picks up with the Red Sea crossing, then comes the grumbling of God’s rescued Israelites and their worship of the golden calf. They continue to fail in being faithful to Yahweh (God) although He led them to the land which He had promised them, blessed by His favor. Psalm 107 begins a fifth and final section of the Psalter (the book of Psalms) but it neither gives clues to which events of Israel’s rebellion nor specific events of Yahweh’s grace and mercy towards them. Verses 4-5 sing of the life of many who reject Yahweh, lacking a desire to be of Him, “Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in.”
Christians today are pressured to tremble at the howls of hardened unbelievers. Some of us read news stories and blogs written by the Christian-hostile who are oh-so clear about what and whom they favor or oppose, but never explain or articulate reasons or any vision or hope for helping humanity apart from just another mockery of God’s will for His beloved human creation. Anything is acceptable, as long as it is unBiblical and thus unChristian. But such men and women do not hold a monopoly on anger as some secular conservatives exist merely on the opposite side of the same coin. Secular fundamentalism, like progressivism, insists on bowing to idols of human reason, belief in the myth of human objectivity, yet history demonstrates their consistent disastrous failures. They might as well bet on cold, hard sculptures of stone. We Christians pray they repent because of what lies ahead of them and for their earthly victims of their schemes as they insist on playing god, a position in which they have placed themselves because they have rejected the one true God.
God has dealt with grumblers in the past, naysayers mocking Him. Much like the God-deniers and mockers today, they charged God with apathy at best, but more often accuse Him of evil. The wandering Israelites—idolators in the face of merciful Yahweh—indicted Him: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?” The Lord sent out fiery, poisonous serpents to bite them. Their only cure was the staff crafted by Moses of a serpent. Looking upon it would cure them. (Numbers 21:4-9) Verses 6-9 of Psalm 107 sparks hope and joy in the Christian heart because it mirrors the day-in and day-out lives of us in the faith. Verse 6 gives the reason for the use of that psalm during the repentant season of Lent: “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.”
We Christians live in hope of God’s promises, which He always keeps. His ways are far above all human fantasies, and He calls His people to Him. Verse 7 sings, “He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in.” As Holy Week nears, fellow believers, meditate on the cross of Christ which will take us to His holy, eternal presence.
Gloria Deo—Glory to God